WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The West Columbia City Council voted to pass an emergency ordinance that would require citizens to wear a face mask during a meeting on Tuesday.
The ordinance passed unanimously.
The ordinance would mandate citizens to wear a face mask or covering when entering retail establishments, food service establishments, or city property. That would include restaurants, grocery stores, and pharmacies among other locations within city limits.
A face mask or covering will not be required in the following circumstances:
- In an outdoor or unenclosed area belonging to a retail or foodservice establishment where social distancing of at least six feet is possible
- Those whose religious beliefs prevent them from wearing a face-covering
- For those who cannot wear a face-covering due to a medical or behavioral condition
- Children under the age of 10 (provided that the adults accompanying children ages 10 through 18 use reasonable effort to cause those children wear face coverings while inside retail or food service establishments.
- For anyone eating in a food service establishment
- In private, individual offices
- When complying with directions from law enforcement officials
- In situations where it is not feasible to wear a face-covering (i.e. while swimming or receiving dental services)
- While exclusively with family members of the same household and no person other than such family is within the same enclosed area.
Anyone who violates the ordinance would be fined up to $25. Each day the ordinance is violated is considered a separate offense.
It will go into effect on July 10 and will expire 61 days after its enactment.